Frederick Joseph Kinsman

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Frederick Joseph Kinsman (September 27, 1868, Warren, Ohio - June 18, 1944, Lewiston, Maine) was an American Roman Catholic church historian who had formerly been a bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. From 1908 to 1919 he was Episcopal Bishop of Delaware.


Kinsman was educated at St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, and at Keble College, Oxford.[1] He served in the following positions:[1]

On June 3, 1908, Kinsman was elected third Episcopal Bishop of Delaware. He received the required two-thirds majority on the first ballot in both the clergy and lay conventions.[2] He was consecrated by Daniel Sylvester Tuttle assisted by Ozi W. Whitaker and William Woodruff Niles.

Kinsman was Episcopal Visitor of the Society of the Atonement, an Episcopalian religious community which later became Roman Catholic. In 1918 he was one of the Protestant Episcopalian delegates at an ecumenical meeting with representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church in New York City.[3]

On May 14, 1919, Kinsman announced his intention to resign as Episcopal Bishop of Delaware the following October.[4] He subsequently became a Roman Catholic. He was appointed professor of modern church history at The Catholic University of America.

Kinsman lived the last eleven years of his life at the Marcotte Nursing Home in Lewiston, Maine, and died there in 1944.[5]


Kinsman was the author of numerous works including:

  • Principles of Anglicanism (New York: Longmans, Green, 1910)
  • Catholic and Protestant (New York: Longmans, Green, 1913)
  • Prayers for the Dead (Milwaukee: Young Churchman, 1915)
  • Issues before the Church (New York: Edwin S. Gorham, 1915)
  • Outlines of the History of the Church (Milwaukee: Morehouse, 1916)
  • Salve Mater (New York: Longmans, Green, 1920)
  • Trent: Four Lectures on Practical Aspects of the Council of Trent (New York: Longmans, Green, 1921)
  • Americanism and Catholicism (New York: Longmans, Green, 1924)
  • "St Cyprian", Sign Magazine 5 (January 1926).
  • The Failure of Anglicanism (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1929)
  • Reveries of A Hermit (New York: Longmans, Green, 1936)
  • Book review of Autobiography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Catholic Historical Review 23 (April 1937): 94-96.


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Kinsman to be Bishop", The New York Times (June 3, 1908).
  2. ^ "Kinsman Made Bishop", The New York Times (June 4, 1908).
  3. ^ The Episcopal and Greek Churches: Report of an Unofficial Conference on Unity Between Members of the Episcopal Church in America and His Grace, Meletios Metaxakis, Metropolitan of Athens, and His Advisers, October 26, 1918. New York: Department of Missions, 1920.
  4. ^ "Kinsman Resigns as Delaware Bishop", The New York Times (May 15, 1919).
  5. ^ Edwin A. Dugan, "Frederick Joseph Kinsman", Catholic World 159 (September 1944): 522.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dugan, Edwin A. "Frederick Joseph Kinsman". Catholic World 159 (September 1944): 522-29.
  • Lewis, Leicester C. "[Review of] Salve Mater". Anglican Theological Review 3 (May 1920): 78-83.
  • Riccio, Barry D. "American Catholic Thought in the Nineteen Twenties: Frederick Joseph Kinsman and George Shuster". In American Church: Essays on the Americanization of the Catholic Church, edited by David J. Alvarez. Moraga, CA: Saint Mary's College of California, 1979, 113-23.

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